Tech Future Female Leaders Programme featured

Applications are now open for Tech Returners' Tech Future Female Leaders

Tech Future Female Leaders Programme

Just five per cent of senior roles in tech are held by women, that’s probably not a surprising statistic to most people but it’s one that Tech Returners CEO Beckie Taylor is passionate about changing and so she set out to develop a programme which would work with women in technology to develop the skills they needed to progress in their careers and inspire others to do the same. 

The lack of diversity and missing skills in the tech industry is a reality and Beckie found she was consistently asked:

“How do I hire more women into tech leadership roles?”

There is no magic answer, but rather it’s about fresh thinking, about creating environments where women in tech teams can develop themselves for success and inspire others to do the same and so in 2018, the Tech Future Female Leaders programme was born.

A four part programme focused on understanding and building an individuals’ own unique journey into leadership, identifying natural strengths and how to communicate effectively.  Building confidence and empowering individuals to develop a personal brand internally and externally alongside building technical leadership for themselves and their teams, all of which are underpinned by creating and developing a support network to aid ongoing development.

Since then the programme has worked with more than 40 female technology leaders from globally recognised organisations committed to developing their talent and is focused delivering real results with graduates from the programme going on to win industry awards and speak at events and conferences and even taking to the stage at TEDx. In 2019 the programme has developed to provide an ‘in house’ offering working with businesses like The Co-Op to deliver the programme across entire teams.

How to get involved

Tech Future Female Leaders works with business to invest in their talent and to create a business where people develop and grow, assisting your retention efforts and helping your business attract new talent. The programme is open to individuals either as part of their training provision from their employer or self-funded and to businesses looking to develop teams or groups of individuals in the house.

The next cohort kicks off January 2020, to learn more and apply please click here.


Sky Returners Progamme | Leeds


We’re Sky, Europe’s biggest entertainment brand.

Think top-quality shows. Breaking news. Innovative tech. Must-have products. Careers here mean the freedom and support you need to make an impact – pushing boundaries, creating solutions, hitting targets. And as part of our close-knit team, you’ll enjoy plenty of benefits. Plus, experiences you’ll only find at Sky.

This is the first time we are running a Technology Returners Programme at Sky Leeds Dock. The programme is designed to support anyone who has previously worked as a Software Developer but have taken a career break (for any reason), and is wanting to get back into the industry. The programme will be paid from the start and is a permanent position. We will give the training and support you need to get your skills up to date and give you the confidence to get back to work.

The perks

Sky Q, a generous pension and private health care. Access to over 12,000 LinkedIn Learning courses to support your development. And if that’s not enough, our Leeds Dock campus offers a pool table, table tennis, discounted gym membership, endless local discounts, and much more. We are also happy to discuss flexible working.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeatSky on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.

You will:

  • Attend a 4-week paid bootcamp on campus at Sky to upskill and train in TDD, BDD, Java, writing clean code, ReactJS to help build upon your skills and build your confidence.
  • Work on a project alongside other technical returner.
  • After 2 months of training you will move into delivery teams at Sky Leeds dock and take on a technical role on projects to deliver unified solutions.
  • Be involved as necessary with the planning, design, development, enhancement and implementation of solutions.
  • Develop and maintain Sky’s website and apps which are used by millions of customers daily.
  • Used TDD to deliver enterprise-quality code.
  • Work in an agile team and contribute to agile practices.
  • Receive ongoing support to ensure you feel integrated back into the workplace after your career break.

You’ll have:

  • Software development experience in industry at a mid level.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities; able to learn and apply new technical knowledge quickly.
  • Excellent communication skills, and able to relate to all levels of the company.
  • Understanding of sound software lifecycle methodologies and/or agile delivery.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced and progressive environment.
  • Have a passion for software excellence, delivering code of the highest quality, and a willingness to learn new languages and practices.

So, what are you waiting for? Apply now for a chance to forge your own career path and be brilliant as part of a bright, talented team.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions, we might withdraw the offer.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working.

It’s our people that make Sky Europe’s leading entertainment company. That’s why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Sky can be their best.

A job you love to talk about.



Deloitte seeks untapped tech talent with new programme for returners


Deloitte are searching for untapped tech talent to take part in its new digital skills retraining programme for people returning to work after a career break.

Building on the success of its award-winning return to work programme, and in response to a growing demand for coding skills, Deloitte is launching a pilot return to work retraining programme, where returners will learn valuable coding and software development skills. As with the firm’s return to work programme, while the retraining programme is designed with women in mind but open to all.

The retraining programme comprises a 12 month Software Developer Apprenticeship, beginning with a three month upfront training course with Makers Academy in London, with successful participants joining Deloitte in permanent roles and qualifying for a Software Developer Level Four Apprenticeship.

The programme is designed specifically for returners without any previous software experience, who are looking to learn new technology skills - including key coding and software developer topics such as databases, coding languages, deployment processes and tools - following a career break of two or more years. The course offers participants the opportunity to retrain, whilst receiving a salary.

Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said, “This retraining programme is a new and exciting way of bringing talented individuals back to work and filling the growing skills shortage in software development."

"We want to provide the opportunity for people who have had time away from work, whether for family or any other reasons, to learn new, in-demand skills."

“Across the technology industry, women are vastly underrepresented, meaning businesses, and the economy as a whole, are missing out on a hugely valuable pool of potential talent."

"I believe this programme, which is primarily aimed at women but open to all, will create new opportunities and support our commitment to improving the diversity of our workforce."

"We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds and with different experiences.”

Evgeny Shadchnev, CEO at Makers Academy, added, “From our experiences of training top tech talent, we know that it is never too late to learn to code and consider a career switch."

"Diversity cannot be an afterthought in the digital economy, especially for companies who wish to remain globally competitive."

"We need more diverse talent training as software developers and we are excited to be partnering with Deloitte to make this happen.”

BAE Systems Returners Programme featured

Returners Programme becomes an integral part of BAE Systems' attraction strategy

BAE Systems Returners ProgrammeBAE Systems Returners Programme

Last September, BAE Systems Maritime embarked on an innovative pilot programme to attract back engineers after a career break. 

Recognising the value that experienced engineers had to offer and the barriers that they faced to return to their vocation, BAE Systems Maritime was delighted to run a pilot programme to welcome back much needed skills to the industry.

The programme was an overwhelming success and 100 per cent of programme participants have now joined the business on a permanent basis in varying roles across several sites.

BAE Systems was impressed by the fantastic capabilities and skills of those returning and STEM Returners are delighted to be partnering with them again to offer a new group of returners a route back to a rewarding career at Portsmouth Naval Base or at nearby Broad Oak.

BAE Systems Maritime designs and manufactures naval ships and submarines, as well as their state-of-the-art combat systems and equipment. They also offer an array of associated services, including training solutions, maintenance and modernisation programmes to support ships and equipment in service around the world and the management of supporting infrastructure.

BAE Systems recognises that returners often face an insurmountable barrier to returning to work after a career break, be that because of a perception by hirers of a deterioration of skills, or a lack of flexibility. This ground-breaking programme shows career break returners that BAE Systems values the skills that they have gained whilst out of industry by enabling a return to their career in a flexible and inclusive way.

The programme is open to men and women in Portsmouth and surrounding areas who have taken any length career break, as well as those who wish to transfer sectors but lack the relevant work experience.  The company is looking for returners with experience in one of the following areas:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Systems Engineer
  • Radio Frequency Engineer
  • Power Electronics Engineer
  • Logistics Engineer

Candidates signing up to the ‘STEM Returners’ programme will join a paid 12-week structured return to work programme, which will include soft skills training, technical training and on the job experience, as well as coaching and mentoring support.

At the end of the 12 weeks, job offers will be made by BAE Systems Maritime to those who have shown the necessary skills and aptitude to join the engineering specialists. This isn’t just work experience, but a genuine opportunity to restart careers within an exciting global organisation.

If you wish to apply for the second programme, please click here.

Dr Graham Farnell, Engineering Director, BAE Systems Maritime Services, said: “Finding exceptional talent to help us deliver first class engineering and technical support to our customers is fundamental to our business.

“The work we do across the engineering disciplines to design, build, maintain and upgrade ships, and the support and equipment we provide to people, is absolutely vital in assisting the Royal Navy achieve its operational commitments on behalf of the UK across the globe.”

Kat Bruce, one of last year’s STEM Returners said, “After only six weeks of the 12-week programme, my skills were recognised and I was encouraged to interview for an internal permanent position as Senior Project Engineer that had become available within the area that I was working."

"I was delighted to be offered the job and now have an opportunity to work within an exciting engineering environment which is my true passion."

"I have also been supported and encouraged to re-gain my IMechE Chartership within the next six months which is great.”

Natalie Desty, Founder of STEM Returners added, “We are so excited to be running this programme again with BAE Systems Maritime."

"They have shown that they really value the skills and experience that returners have to offer which was demonstrated in them offering permanent roles to all their returners."

"They create a supportive and inclusive environment where returners can really thrive.”

Parental Choice featured

Parental Choice | Discount for working parents



Parental Choice are experts in childcare and working parents.

They recognise the struggle that many parents face when returning to work after starting a family.

The what, when, where and how of childcare are often at the centre of these struggles. Parental Choice provide advice on all elements of childcare.  They will carry out searches in your local area for nurseries, childminders, schools or help secure in-home help in the shape of nannies, au-pairs and housekeepers.

“I worked with Parental Choice to get a nanny for my 5-month-old baby when I returned to work full time. The team there were very understanding about the requirements and trying to find   a nanny that worked for our family.  In addition, when we had a few problems with the initial weeks the team were very professional about helping sort out these problems and we now have a very happy situation. I would definitely recommend Parental Choice for working Mums.”

As well as helping working families directly, Parental Choice work with businesses who have identified the need to provide support in the workplace which will help balance life at home.

Their parental wellbeing programmes include childcare clinics, lunch and learn sessions delivered by a panel of experts, parenting-focused newsletters and discounted childcare searches.

Clients include L’Oreal, Euromoney, White & Case, Northern Trust and more in financial services and legal sectors.

"Parental choice provided a friendly, responsive, supportive and highly efficient service in our search for a nanny" – Euromoney Employee

Parental Choice are helping working mothers across a diverse cross-section of sectors and industries and have noticed the issues faced by those looking to progress in tech as one of the more challenging.  In an already male-dominated industry they are keen to support working mothers to progress, return or start working in tech by providing support and advice on childcare and by securing long-term dependable care solutions.

Parental Choice are offering WeAreTechWomen website users a ten per cent discount on their services for working parents returning to work.  They can help whatever the age of your child.

Call their team of childcare experts on 020 8979 6453 or email [email protected] and quote WeAreTechWomen to obtain your discount.  Normal Parental Choice T&Cs are applicable, see for details.


Return to Work | Deloitte

Boom! You’re back

Return to work when you’re ready, at any time throughout the year, and receive the training and support to help re-launch your career.

Deloitte help you rebuild your career in a way that works for you.

Perhaps you’ve been exploring the world, spending time with your family, or just needed some time out. Whatever the reason, if you’re returning from an extended career break of two years or more, Deloitte's Return to Work supported hiring opportunities could be right for you.

Transitional support to help you get up to speed

Deloitte's Return to Work supported hiring opportunities are open to anyone who’s taken an extended career break, typically for two years or more. You’ll be given the support to refresh your knowledge and skills and boost your professional confidence. And they are open to exploring agile/flexible working arrangements.

Whatever you’ve been up to, Deloitte know it will have enriched who you are and what you can offer our clients and their business. This is about giving you the time and support you need to readjust and redevelop your skills.

In addition to their comprehensive firm-wide induction, you’ll have access to technical skills training, tailored coaching sessions, our returner network, and a range of bespoke learning materials.

Find out more

Deloitte are delighted to offer a number of our roles as Return to Work supported hiring opportunities.



dxw launches returners' programme to access deep pool of untapped talent

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Public sector digital specialist dxw digital has launched a Returners’ Programme to help the company build a diverse, inclusive workforce.

According to figures from the Government Equalities Office, at the end of 2017 there were 1.9 million economically inactive women, many of whom have professional or managerial experience.  The same report found just 40 returners’ programmes, which is scratching the surface given the scale of the issue and the amount of untapped talent organisations are missing out on.

dxw’s programme offers return to work opportunities for experienced people who are looking to re-enter the workplace after an extended period of time away. Generally, those who’ve been out of work for two or more years are considered returners.

aInitially this opportunity will only be offered within the company’s London team, with a view to including its Leeds office as the team there grows.

What roles are available?

To begin with, dxw is running a pilot to see how this works for them and the people joining. The company will start by taking on one or two people for three  to six months, depending on the role and circumstances.

They will be offering both client-facing and internal-facing positions, with opportunities available within dxw’s commercial operations, delivery and strategy teams that will be tailored to reflect candidates’ previous experience. Returners will be able to get involved in delivering services to the public sector whilst being fully supported as they refresh, test and build on past skills and experience. From the individual’s first day, they will be assigned a mentor who will be their first point of contact for any support they need. This person will work within the same field, and if the returner is in a client facing role would also be on the same project.

dxw managing director Dave Mann said, “At dxw digital, we're proud to be strong advocates for diversity and inclusion and aim to provide a work environment that's accessible, welcoming, and empowering for all."

"We want everyone to feel supported and included in our wider community."

"The Returners’ Programme is one way we can encourage and support a comfortable way back into the workplace.“

Anyone who would like more information can click here.

Newcastle #techmums Club

Newcastle #techmums Club

Calling all mums!

Do you want to learn about tech but you don't know where to start?

Join Newcastle's first ever #techmums Club!

In a friendly group of local mums, we'll be taking the mystery out of tech. Each week we'll get together for 2 hours to talk about tech and what it can do for you. There are no tests to take. Just a chance to learn with other mums.

Build your confidence in a variety of tech skills:

  • social media
  • blogging
  • apps
  • staying safe online
  • managing work and life
  • and much, much more!

Digital skills sessions for beginners

Newcastle's #techmums Club is made up of 10 action-packed sessions that have been designed by mums, for mums.

If you're new to tech, what better place to begin than here?!

We'll meet for 2 hours every Monday (during term time) for 10 sessions, starting on Monday 29th April.

Ideally, you'd attend all sessions:

  • Monday 29th April (10:00-12:00), Session 1
  • Monday 13th May (10:00-12:00), Session 2
  • Monday 20th May (10:00-12:00), Session 3
  • Monday 3rd June (10:00-12:00), Session 4
  • Monday 10th June (10:00-12:00), Session 5
  • Monday 17th June (10:00-12:00), Session 6
  • Monday 24th June (10:00-12:00), Session 7
  • Monday 1st July (10:00-12:00), Session 8
  • Monday 8th July (10:00-12:00), Session 9
  • Monday 15th July (10:00-12:00), Session 10
  • Monday 22nd July (10:00-12:00), Graduation!

Sessions will take place near Regent Centre metro station.

Book your place

There are lots of ways to book your place on Newcastle's #techmums Club:

  • sign up in person at one of our coffee mornings
  • or phone Elena (0191 208 4149)
  • or email Elena ([email protected])
  • or sign up here on Eventbrite

Free coffee and cake!

Do you want to find out more?

Come along to one of our coffee mornings to chat to our friendly facilitators.

While you're there, grab a (free!) coffee and cake:

  • Thursday 4th April (10:00-12:00), Gosforth Civic Theatre (next to Regent Centre metro station).
  • Wednesday 24th April (10:00-12:00), Gosforth Civic Theatre (next to Regent Centre metro station).


Newcastle #techmums Club is hosted by Newcastle University with #techmums. We are very grateful to all the support we have received from the following organisations, without which we wouldn't be able to run Newcastle's first #techmums Club - thank you all for your encouragement and support!

  • The Alan Turing Institute
  • Altogether
  • Atom Bank
  • CYBG
  • Newcastle University
  • Virgin Money

Worldpay Refresh Programme featured

Worldpay Refresh Programme

Worldpay Refresh Programme Girl with headphones using digital tablet on sofa

Have you or someone you know been out of work due to family commitments for two years or more?

Are you or they thinking about going back to work but not sure where to start? If you answered yes to either question then our return to work programme called ‘Refresh’ could be of interest.

At Worldpay we are committed to supporting colleagues with busy lives. We know that most people leave work at the end of the day with responsibilities for young children and elder care. Refresh is an inclusive programme that provides a supportive environment for people to use their skills and experience while maintaining work-life balance.

The Refresh programme includes a structured training and coaching programme to build on existing skills and help you develop your confidence as you settle back into work. You will be invited to apply for any of our open roles or take part in a placement to help you settle back into work.

Do you love technology as much as we do?

We’re looking for creative thinkers, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs who have a passion for working with technology. We have exciting roles in software engineering & testing, architecture, infrastructure, data transformation, enterprise security, project management and business analysis. As we are a fast moving business our need for experts in different fields changes all the time so we encourage applications from a broad spectrum of technology backgrounds.

Covering approximately 146 countries, 126 currencies, and more than 300 alternative payment forms, we process 40 billion transactions for more than a million merchant locations worldwide each year. Our global technology team is responsible for the design, build and maintenance of systems, products and services that we sell to customers.

When you join our team you will work on some of the most exciting, technology-led projects in the FinTech sector and you will make a huge difference to our business and the tens of millions of people that use our services every day.


To qualify for the Refresh programme you will have been out of work for at least two years due to family commitments, whether it be caring for children, elderly family members or someone with a disability. The programme is inclusive to men and women.

The process

  • Applications open 25 March 2019
  • Application closing date 1 May 2019 (with screening commencing from 7 May)
  • We will then host a one day meet-up on 6 June 2019
  • After the meet-up day, if there is a potential match for one of our open roles, you will be invited to interview for the position
  • Final Interview process will commence from 17 June 2019
  • The start date for new roles will be 30 September 2019

The 6 June meet-up will take place in our London office in the City. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Worldpay and the different technology teams. There will be a skills workshop to build strengths and confidence in the workplace, and you’ll get the chance to network with Worldpay colleagues and hear about our flexible culture, inclusivity networks and returner experiences.

Balancing work and family life

As a family-friendly employer, we know that getting the right work life balance is important especially as life has its way of throwing in some surprises. We want our colleagues who are juggling a busy career and family life to have the support they need, when they need it. In addition to our internal Worldpay Family Network and partnership with My Family Care - providing support and the chance to network with people in a similar situation - we are also open to exploring flexible working arrangements. The standard working week at Worldpay is 35 hours, core hours being 9-5, and as a company, we support colleagues working from home one day per week.

Next steps

If you would like to apply to Refresh please do so with your CV, outlining the following:

  • Your motivation for applying to Refresh and what you hope to gain
  • Any technical skills you have and / or experience of working in a technology environment
  • The role types to which you believe you would be most suited

Applications will be reviewed from April onwards, with initial conversations taking place in May. Successful applicants will then be invited to attend the 6 June meet-up event.

Should you have any questions you may contact us on [email protected]